Rifu ov the Weeb


I know for a fact that at least a few of you are anime-binging, chain-Pocky-eating fucknerds. This Japanese Riff ov the Week is for you. It has been carefully designed to butter you up before we stage a blog-wide intervention to change every single thing about you next week. It’s either that, or we do it Joe’s way. Joe’s way is shoving you into a locker upside-down and welding the door shut. Your choice, paru.

Last week, took a chance with the underdog Revocation and it all paid off. An inspiring story.


Next week:

  • We’re taking a breather with good, old-fashioned no-theme riffs. Have at it.
  • Send your riffs to toiletovhellriff@gmail.com. Include your name, a link, the time of the riff, and a description.
  • If you have an idea for a theme, let me know.



I figured Sabbat would be covered pretty well already in a Japanese-themed ROTW, and usually that would lead me to pick something else. However, Sabbat’s discography is so ridiculously huge that the chances of two people picking the same song are pretty slim. Plus, Sabbat is awesome. So screw it. Satanasword! Dracula! 2:07!


Joe Thrashnkill

I REALLY wanted to submit Fuck On The Beach but they don’t really have anything that resembles a riff in their catalog. Instead, I’m going with Japanese punks Forward. This song is pretty adventurous for punk but I choose the riff that comes in at 1:35 and recurs throughout. Groovy.



Trem riff at 0:17. Also, “Here is the next alternative music from Osaka where BOREDOMS had rised. Vocal, Guitar, Bass, Strings, Piano, Noise and several drums sounds are harmonized as one but it’s difficult what’s kind of music this is. Only we can say “a beautiful chaos”.


Kim Jong Un

Weeaboos unite! *goes into Voltron mode* Pretty much half of all of Galneryus‘s songs are either riffs or solos, so it was hard picking just one for this triumphant celebration of all things Weeby-deedly. [Nobody vote for this weeb dork who can’t pick out a riff. — Masterlord]


Maik Beninton

I’m going full weeb mode and choose this song about an anime called Death Note, the breakdown at 2:02 goes real hard.






When given the direction to find RIFFS by a Japanese band, one band comes immediately to mind as ideal source. Church of Misery. And from them, I could pick any of a (metric) ton of riffage, so I went with the most recent “official” video found. Riff is the dominant underlying one from about 0:55 to 1:26 (which repeats later); but the lead-in from 0:38 to 0:54 also works.



When it comes to poserish Japanese bands it was between these guys, Dir En Grey (just missed out) and Crossfaith (mostly to rustle some jimmies), but in the end I chose these guys. 4 words… Maximum The Motherfucking Hormone. Better at mixing J-Pop and Metal than Pedometal ever will be.


Ted Nü-Djent

You can’t have a japanese riff of the week and not have G.I.S.M. The riff is the main riff so I guees you can listen to the first minute of the song. Listen to the whole song though because the lyrics are top kek. If anything I should secure Tyree’s vote. Also if you’re interested, Poison Idea do a kick arse cover of this song.



After seeing the theme for this week, I asked myself: will I go with Corrupted or Church Of Misery? After much internal conflict and nights without sleep, the answer is neither. I’m going with Swarrrm. Starting at 7:52, the opening riff of “tragedy” delivers plenty of melody and drama before degenerating into filthy grind. It is repeated throughout the song.



Damn, this riff is as delectable as the perfect sushi roll. Layered with hamachi and avocado on the outside, filled with crunchy tempura shrimp and shiso leaves on the inside, drizzled in eel sauce, and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Riff starts at 0:00. Douzo meshiagare.


Ivixor B

When the conversation turns to Japanese metal, the usual colossi get mentioned in a hurry: Sabbat, X Japan, Corrupted, Marty Friedman, etc. However, I had never heard of Osaka prog thrashers Gargoyle until shortly after their 25th anniversary, in the form of 2013’s Kijuu. The thrashing begins without hesitation, and then in all of 8 seconds, escalates into some wonderfully unhinged Maiden-via-Sigh guitar harmonies.


Randall Thor

This riff is so weeb they don’t even use YouTube. Go ahead and watch this video. See if you can tell me which one of these people is a dude. Spoiler: they all are. Spoiler: this album is really good if you’re into Japanese power metal.


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